The Celtics' magical season continues. After losing Game 4 in Philadelphia, the Celtics returned home on Wednesday and handled business with a 114-112 victory over the 76ers. It took an all-around effort from the Celtics once again, with six players scoring double figures in Game 5, led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combining for 49 points. They'll now face LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season.
Before Game 1 on Sunday, here are five stats you need to know from Boston's win over the 76ers.
33.8: The percentage of points the Celtics scored from 3-point range
The 76ers couldn't miss from distance in the first round. Then they couldn't buy a 3-pointer.
Whereas the 76ers scored almost a third of their points from the perimeter against the Heat, they scored less than a quarter of their points from the 3-point line against the Celtics. They only took 4.2 less 3-pointers per game in their series with the Celtics, but they went from making 36.3 percent of their attempts in the first round to 30.9 percent in the second round.
The Celtics, on the other hand, caught fire. Only the Rockets made more 3-pointers per game in the second round and only the Cavaliers converted their 3-point attempts at a higher rate. Terry Rozier in particular was fantastic. After making 17 of his 41 attempts from distance in the series, he's now made more 3-pointers than Joe Ingles, James Harden and Kyle Korver in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
4: How many shots Ben Simmons attempted outside the paint
Ben Simmons proved this season that he doesn't need a jump shot to become one of the best players in the NBA, but the playoffs proved that becoming more comfortable scoring outside of the paint would raise his ceiling - and that of the 76ers - considerably. Otherwise teams like the Celtics will be able to slow him down by throwing bigger defenders at him and packing the paint whenever he puts the ball on the floor, a formula that helped Boston hold the 76ers to 98.2 points per 100 possessions when Simmons was on the court.
Simmons still averaged 14.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game for the series, which speaks to how unique of a player he is. He's already a walking triple-double and a threat to score 20 points by taking nothing more than shots in the paint. If he can develop into a scoring threat outside of that area, it's scary to think about what the future holds for him and the 76ers.
17: How many points Jayson Tatum scored in the clutch
Three of the five games in this series went down to the wire, and the Celtics walked away as winners in each one.
Jayson Tatum was a huge reason for their success in those situations. According to NBA.com, the rookie scored 17 points in 19 clutch minutes against the 76ers, doing so on 6-for-10 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 shooting from the free throw line. Game 3 was his breakout performance, as he scored seven points in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime to help Boston take a 3-0 lead.
There's also this:
Jayson Tatum scored 25 PTS in Game 5 to help the @celtics advance! He becomes the 3rd player in #NBAPlayoffs history to score 25+ PTS in a series-clinching win at age 20 or younger, joining Magic Johnson (42 PTS, 1980) and Tony Parker (27 PTS, 2003). #SAPStatLineOfTheNight pic.twitter.com/sDmjEA1pXA- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 10, 2018
2: How many turnovers the Celtics committed in the clutch
Jayson Tatum wasn't the only reason the Celtics came through late in games, though. Whereas they turned the ball over only twice in the clutch, they forced Philly into committing seven turnovers in those 19 minutes. Terry Rozier and Al Horford combined for five steals on those seven turnovers, and Marcus Smart picked up another to punch Boston's ticket into the next round.
16.8: T.J. McConnell's net rating
The 76ers were a completely different team with T.J. McConnell in the lineup against the Celtics. According to NBA.com, they scored at a rate of 112.1 points per 100 possessions and held Boston to 95.3 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court, giving him one of the highest net ratings of the second round. The 76ers fell apart on both ends of the court when McConnell was on the bench, too, resulting in the Celtics outscoring them by a margin of 23.0 points per 100 possessions.
That's a difference of 39.8 points per 100 possessions over five games. It's even more impressive considering McConnell logged almost as many minutes on the court as he did on the bench for the series.